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ONSV2308

Original U.S. WWII Vietnam War M1 Captain's Helmet with Liner dated 1967 and USMC Camo Cover

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Original Item: Only One Available. The M1 helmet is a combat helmet that was used by the United States military from World War II until 1985, when it was succeeded by the PASGT helmet. For over forty years, the M1 was standard issue for the U.S. military. The M1 helmet has become an icon of the American military, with its design inspiring other militaries around the world.

Vietnam War era M-1 helmet shells have a set of swivel (movable) chinstrap loops called bales and a stainless steel rim, with a seam in the rear. These rims were both rust resistant and had non-magnetic qualities that reduced the chance of error readings when placed around certain sensitive equipment (such as a compass).

This helmet is a fine example and still retains all of its original Vietnam War parts and the shell has all original corked grain paint. The shell is marked with heat lot number I 2542, indicating Vietnam Era manufacture.

The liner is correct high pressure 1960s issue liner, simply marked M23 on the crown, typical for Vietnam Era liners. The the rigging is intact and in great shape, with original markings visible, including a date of 31 MAY 76 over the right ear. The sweatband definitely shows use, with discoloration and cracking, and is also marked on the canvas. The helmet liner does not have the extra rear liner support sometimes seen. The shell chin strap is unfortunately broken, with one side in tatters, and the other side with a broken buckle.

The USMC reversible camouflage cover is original and in good condition. It has some stains and small holes around the edge, so it is definitely an example that saw some use. It is marked on the underside of one of the flaps:

COVER HELMET CAMOUFLAGE
CONTRACT No. 8027
FSN 8415-2612-6833
100% COTTON
DEP DIR OF MFG

There is also the original BAND, ELASTIC, CAMOUFLAGE around the helmet to help retain the cover, and the band is named ROSS on the front. There is also a rank insignia on the front of the cover, indicating that the wearer was of the rank of Captain.

These helmets have become increasingly difficult to find in recent years, especially genuine Vietnam War issue ones from the USMC. Almost certainly to appreciate in value year after year!

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